How Green are we?

How Green is Green Vets?

When we set out our vision for a modern veterinary surgery, we knew that it not only had to reflect our professional commitment to the best animal care but also our personal convictions about environmental sustainability.

We have made it our priority to look for suppliers that could help us realize this vision.

Electricity

All the electricity we use in the practice is sourced purely from renewables.

We have partnered up with Good Energy who buy 100% renewable electricity from over 1,400 independent generators and businesses, from local farmers to sustainable businesses.  Their energy sources range from urban solar farms to bio-generation from waste dairy products and wind power in the UK.

Their current energy fuel mix looks like this

(Fuel mix disclosure period: April 2017 – March 2018)

Find out more about Good Energy at https://www.goodenergy.co.uk/

Web-Hosting

While many people are making the effort to be more conscientious about their use of resources, there are some ways individuals unknowingly waste. One of these more hidden resource drainers are the server hosts people connect to every day when they surf the internet.

In 2013, U.S. data centres alone consumed about 100 billion kilowatt-hours of electricity, representing more than 2% of all U.S. electricity use.   ( 10 facts to know about  data centers, Office of energy efficiency & renewable energy, November 17, 2014) With the increasing use of the internet, global use of data centres is only going up.

So how can this problem be solved? We can’t stop using the internet and companies still need to rely on data centres. The only available answer is green server hosting. Green hosting, also known as eco-friendly hosting, reduces the environmental impact of internet hosting by utilizing green technologies.

We have teamed up with Ethical Internet. They offer a comprehensive hosting package on a UK-based server located in a 100% renewable energy powered data centre.

find out more about Ethical Internet here:

https://ethicalinternet.co.uk/green-web-hosting/

Cleaning Products

Isn’t it ironic how most conventional cleaning products create more waste and pollution outside our homes and businesses? At Green Vets we care about what happens when we send these products off into the wider world. It did take a bit of research, but we found some great environmentally friendly cleaning alternatives for the practice

Traditional disinfectants used in veterinary practices are especially environmentally toxic and continue to do harm long after they are flushed down the drain. Finding environmentally friendly disinfection products has been one of the biggest challenges, but we have found some innovative solutions to this problem.

Salvesan is safe, fast and effective against all known pathogens and kills 99.9999% of harmful germs, viruses and spores including influenzas, E-coli, C-difficile, MRSA and Norovirus. It is formulated from hypochlorous acid, which is harmless to humans and animals and is biodegradable and environmentally friendly.

We use Aerte Air Disinfection Units in the consult rooms and operating theatre. These have been developed in conjunction with British microbiologists, infection control experts and engineers to replicate the way in which the natural environment protects and cleaning the air in open spaces. The technology reproduces these effects in an enclosed environment such as hospitals, wards, schools or theatres (to name a few examples), neutralising airborne pathogens. The Air Disinfection Unit is one of the winning products in the Smart Solutions for HCAI programme 2009 and is in use in a number of UK hospitals. It has proven to be effective against MRSA, C. difficile, Norovirus and H1N1. It uses Calcium Peroxide that after use breaks down into harmless natural compounds. Reducing the microbiological burden through the use of Air Disinfection units means we can reduce on harmful cleaning products and still achieve a cleaner surgical environment.